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Blackford

Leyland appoints new solo euphonium

December 31, 2019
Two time Australian champion James Blackford becomes the new solo euphonium at Leyland Band.


Lovatt

Lovatt and Foden's get Top Brass spot

December 31, 2019
Mike Lovatt and Foden's Band will be featured on James Morrison's Radio 2 'Top Brass' programme this month.


Paul Walton

Paul Walton funeral details

December 31, 2019
The details of the funeral of the much respected euphonium player Paul Walton have been announced.


Rushden

Rushden round off a memorable ruby year

December 31, 2019
2019 was a 40th anniversary year to remember for Rushden Town Band.


Elland

Youth Festival set for Halifax

December 31, 2019
Youth ensembles from Elland Silver Youth & Training Bands, Dobcross Youth, HD9 Youth and the Red Admiral Youth will showcase their talents later this month.


Radio

Radio: Sounds of Brass

December 31, 2019
More great brass band music to enjoy in the New Year.


Frank Mathison

And a happy New Year...

December 31, 2019
Playing a brass instrument is a passion that should be enjoyed every year of your life — not just 2020...


Lito

2019 4BR Special Award

December 29, 2019
The 4BR Special Award this year goes to Lito Fontana, a world class instrumentalist and inspirational advocate for the brass band movement.


Answers

2019 Christmas Quiz: The answers and winner

December 29, 2019
The 25 little teasers certainly got you thinking over the festive season...


OBE

New Year honour for Bingham

December 29, 2019
Composer Judith Bingham has been awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List.


quiz

2019 Christmas Quiz

December 25, 2019
Forget the partridge in a pear tree, we have a John Packer JP071 Bb cornet worth over £200 to be won thanks to our friends at Band Supplies if you can get all the answers right in our annual festive quiz...


Cory

2019 4BR Band of the Year

December 25, 2019
There really could only be one winner this year...


Harper

2019 4BR Conductor of the Year

December 25, 2019
Not much doubt about the inspirational conductor who made the greatest impression on our panel of judges this year.


Hutchinson

2019 4BR Player of the Year

December 25, 2019
There were some pretty remarkable performers on our list this year — but one stood out from the rest.


Cassandra

2019 4BR Test Piece of the Year

December 25, 2019
So many great test-pieces to choose from this year but it was a composition that questioned the musical ambitions of the best in Europe that took the accolade...


Wardle Academy

2019 4BR Lower Section Band of the Year

December 25, 2019
A remarkable youth band come out on top this year...


Cory

2019 4BR Contest Performance of the Year

December 25, 2019
So many great performances to choose from this year — but there could only be the one winner...


Award

2019 4BR Newcomer of the Year

December 25, 2019
It was a close battle between the newcomers this year before the result was settled...


Award

2019 4BR CD of the Year

December 25, 2019
The identity of the CD release voted the best in the world has been revealed...


Symphonci

2019 4BR Solo CD of the Year

December 25, 2019
The votes have been cast and the winner can now be revealed...


Crwbin

Peak time banding on Christmas Day

December 24, 2019
Forget Gavin & Stacey — and enjoy an hour long special spotlighting a great community band in Wales on Christmas Day instead...


Black Dyke

Scottish star set to shine at Queensbury

December 24, 2019
Amy Paterson follows in well worn horn footsteps from Scotland to Yorkshire as she joins Black Dyke.


Baglin

Lydbrook honours euphonium legend

December 24, 2019
The Lydbrook Band helped honour the legendary euphonium player Lyndon Baglin's 70 years of brilliance in the banding movement.


adam

New euph chapter opens at Grimethorpe with Bokaris appointment

December 24, 2019
Australian euph star Adam Bokaris becomes the new solo euphonium at Grimethorpe as Michael Dodd takes a back seat role.


Tredegar

No more Mari Christmas at Tredegar

December 24, 2019
Welsh champion says a fond farewell to their Norwegian trombone player as they welcome a familiar face back to the ranks for 2020.




Brass Bands Wales

Brass Bands Wales looks to set up virtual library of works

November 25 • New Welsh body looks to find and curate the rich collection of works written by Welsh composers and compositions for Welsh bands.


Radio

Radio: Top Brass

November 25 • John Maines has a great selection of brass band music to enjoy over the airwaves.


Gavin Higgins

Higgins work set for BBC broadcast

November 24 • 'Sadly Now the Throstle Sings' by Gavin Higgins will receive its premiere orchestral studio performance this evening on Radio 3.


Eikanger

Eikanger centre future plans on education

November 24 • Eikanger Bjorsvik looks to the future with ambitious education plans for their rehearsal base.


The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY


Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Chadderton Band

November 17 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.


Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass require an Eb or Bb Bass to complete the "engine room" line up. We are also seeking a Tuned Percussionist to complete our section.


Shipston Town Band

November 1 • We are currently looking to recruit a Bass Trombone BBb bass and EEb bass to bring the band up to strength ready for when things return to normal. We are graded section 3 in the Midlands taking part in a good range of concerts and contests


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger


               

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